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Is use of "have" in the following sentence correct grammatically and conceptually? If it is not, kindly suggest ways to make it clearer. should be changed to "has"?

The usage of renewable energies should be increased in order to have a clean environment.

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Grammatically, it's correct use, but semantically, I would prefer the verb get, combined with the comparative form of the adjective:

The usage of renewable energies should be increased in order to get a cleaner environment.

Reason:
Have indicates a de facto state: the environment is cleaner if you use renewable energies.
Get indicates a state that is either in process or imagined: the invironment will become cleaner if you use renewable energies (but at the moment, you aren't).
In your sentence, the get option would work better because you are using the modal verb should, which shows that you aren't talking about a state that has been reached yet, but that is imagined will only become a reality if the conditions (use of more clean energies) are fulfilled.

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